Monday, May 26 is Memorial Day, a day for remembering the men and women who fought bravely and died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Originally, known as Decoration Day, the holiday originated in the years following the Civil Ware and became an official federal holiday in 1971.
I hold this day very dear to my heart, as I am a proud 27 year veteran of the active Army, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves. We celebrate Memorial Day so we can never forget the price that has been paid by our men and women in the military for the freedom we have today.
For more than two hundred years, men and women of faith and courage have laid down their lives to secure freedom for this country. Blood was shed (and continues to be shed) so that Americans no matter what color they are, can enjoy liberty, democracy and freedom without fear of reprisal.
To our Women and Men serving in our Armed Forces, I offer this prayer for their safety:
“Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Amen.”
After Memorial Day, I ask that we continue to remember those who served our country and to thank those who are doing so now either at home or abroad. I encourage you to please let a Veteran know that you appreciate the sacrifices they have made for us so we can enjoy freedom.
U.S. Army Vietnam Era Veteran